The World Bank supported Institutional Strengthening of Gram Panchayat (ISGP) Project was launched in September 2010 with 1,000 Gram Panchayats of the nine relatively progressive districts of West Bengal. The project proved a giant leap forward towards making Gram Panchayat, a stronger institution through intensive and multipronged capacity-building support and performance. This initiative led to enhancement in quality of service delivery, to cater to the needs of rural citizens of the state.
The entire package can be operated with the help of an android app-based smartphone that has already been distributed among the 1,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) under Integrated Strengthening of Gram Panchayat (ISGP) Project. The mobile interface is simple and user-friendly. Uploading GIS data to central server can be done in minutes as it is linked to all operational MIS database of the Panchayats & Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal.
The ISGP Project started out with a monitoring system for tracking Gram Panchayat level activity using paper-based monitoring formats. Data collected from the Gram Panchayat level got collated at the Block and District level and then submitted to the State Office. The State Office compiled the state level data and generated various analytical reports, which were shared with various project stakeholders for decision support.
Since most of the activities in the existing monitoring system were manual, therefore it consumed more time at every level resulting in difficulties in making the reports available on time.
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